With mixed emotions, I am announcing that Gregg Goldman has accepted the position of Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His last day at the University of Arizona will be October 19, 2018.
Gregg is leaving the UA in far better financial standing than when he arrived almost four years ago. In his capacity as Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer, he has been responsible for advancements in University finances, budgeting, capital improvements, real estate projects, risk management, and human resources. Gregg also has been an integral part of our relationship with Banner Health.
He led the University to a stronger financial position by increasing days cash on hand, thereby improving our credit rating and equity, which will be critical as we embark on our new strategic plan. Gregg’s most recent high-profile accomplishments include breaking ground on the new Honors Village and advancing plans for an enterprising student success district. He was also one of the first to raise concerns about the UA's aging buildings and mounting deferred maintenance issues, for which Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature approved $1 billion in bonding funds for the state's three public universities.
I am pleased to report that Lisa Rulney, who is currently the Associate Vice President for Financial Services, has agreed to serve as interim Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer as we conduct a national search for Gregg’s successor.
It has been a pleasure to work with Gregg as an integral member of our senior leadership team. His entrepreneurial leadership style and background in academic unit finances gave him the unique ability to balance the numbers while never losing sight of the needs of the University, which has made ours a stronger institution. He has brought a transparency, openness, and accessibility to the office of the SVP for Business Affairs and CFO, which I know will continue well into the future.
I hope you will join me in wishing all the best for Gregg.
Robert C. Robbins
University of Arizona